To Cure Or Kill…
Michael J. Young, M.D.


The pharmaceutical industry applies evolving scientific knowledge to create new drugs and potential life-saving therapies. Pharmaceutical companies also reap significant financial gains from their drug and therapeutic developments. This monetary incentive could potentially result in aggressive inter-pharmaceutical company espionage. In this novel, a protteering pharmaceutical executive seizes upon an opportunity to turn the discovery of a new cancer preventing drug into a massive industry-competitive advantage for his company and his own personal financial gain. Using ruthless individuals with deadly skills and intent, the executive tries to nefariously obtain the necessary molecular synthesis protocol to create the next generation of oncologic drugs. Through a detailed medical and scientific investigation, doctors, scientists, and law enforcement agencies work together to quickly understand and identify what is occurring in the shadows.
This is a frightening story of scientific discovery versus greed and the quest for money. At the end of the novel, the reader will need to ask him- or herself the underlying question: Is this story really fiction?

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“In To Cure or Kill, Dr. Young weaves a mesmerizing story that combines medical breakthroughs with the thrill of a technological race against time. Through meticulous research and masterful storytelling, the author seamlessly blends science, technology, and human ambition. Readers embark upon an enlightening journey through the intricate world of molecules and therapeutic advancements—brilliantly combined with scientific intrigue, thrilling suspense, and unexpected twists.”

—Cristian J. Luciano, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research & Development and Digital Surgery
Surgalign Spine Technologies, Inc.

“To Cure or Kill is an engrossing medical thriller revealing the murderous lengths some will go in this fictionalized, high-stakes world of pharmaceutical drug development. Dr. Young has written a gripping tale weaving scientific progress, cut-throat corporate ambition, and the lure of billions of dollars to be gained. Prepare to be captivated in this fast-paced story as you unravel the corruption lurking within the dark underbelly of the healthcare industry.”

—Miiri Kotche, Ph.D.,
The Richard and Loan Hill Clinical Professor in The Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. Director of The Innovation Medicine Program at the University of Illinois Chicago—teaching at the intersection of technology development, innovation, and health care delivery.

“Dr. Michael Young is a masterful storyteller who has written a taut, suspenseful thriller that is both engaging and darkly disturbing. Dr. Young weaves complex medical knowledge into the narrative, as corporate greed and the insatiable quest for power and market dominance brings this mix to a boil. To Cure or Kill is a tour de force on many levels, and a page turner to boot. A great read.”

—John L. Perri, M.D.
Faculty and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute
Diplomate, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

“From a doctor’s perspective, Michael Young writes about devious characters who will kill to gain an advantage in regard to the future of cancer management. Dr. Young has followed up his previous suspense novels with another that I could not put down.”

—Kenneth Pavichevich,
President & CEO, Glycocalyx Scientific, Inc.


Is a faulty member a the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) Medicine, in the Departments of Urology and Biomedical Engineering. At UIC, he is the Director of the Division of Urology Innovation and Technology, and functions as a Medical Advisor at The UIC Innovation Center. Currently, he is pursuing the development of new surgical instruments and medical devices, as well as teaching medical and biomedical engineering students at the Chicago campus. Dr. Young holds patents to various medical devices.

Dr. Young’s non-fiction book, The Illness of Medicine, was a review and commentary on the current status of our healthcare delivery system. It was a compilation of his experiences over more than 25 years of clinical practice. In his previous novels, Consequence of Murder, and Net of Deception, Dr. Young applied his medical expertise as a predicate for vulnerabilities in the medical environment. Dr. Young continues to work in the field of medical device innovation. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, photography, and is an avid golfer.

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